I'm taking a very quick break from administering my sale to show you the Parfait dress I finished last week.
I didn't actually make functional button holes because it had already taken me ten million hours, but sewed on two vintage round red buttons on each strap.
Neither did I add the pockets, although they are cut out so I might add them in future. I might even iron that crease out. Or make Steven do it.
Although I did make a muslin bodice, it wasn't clear until the straps were pinned on that it needed bust darts to stop the gapping at shoulder and arm. I added two darts, one on the armhole and one on the side seam of the bodice. And an additional half inch tuck after the dress was completely done but still gaping. I've never paid this much attention to the fit of my store-bought clothes!
For those of you who've read Fit for Real People (or those of you who like looking at circus freaks), check out how uneven my shoulders are with my right shoulder heaps lower than my left.
But at least my back hem is even with my front hem courtesy of shortening the straps. And look, here's something you don't see everyday: no evidence of my bra. Any sleeveless garment from the store shows either my straps in the front or the band at my armpit.
I never did figure out the facing so I just bias binded it (just as well as I think it would gave been too low cut if I'd faced it with a 5/8" seam allowance). I had to mitre the binding at centre front, the finest sewing moment in my whole life. If I do it again I'm just going to line the bodice fully.
Steven: Work your Pocahontas retro hippie.
I like the dress, I think it's flattering, it fits better than I'm used to. But... I'm not sure when I'll make another due to the god-almighty time commitment. It was 30 pieces and 10 pieces interfacing, roughly 600% more than what I normally sew. And I do not like 5/8" seam allowances. Also (and I'm hoping one of you big girl sewers will tell my why) there are half circle drags under my bust in the waistband which bug me. But, overall, still a thumbs up :)